Valerie Thomas received a patent
in 1980 for inventing an illusion transmitter. This futuristic invention
extends the idea of television, with its images located flatly behind a
screen, to having three dimensional projections appear as though they were
right in your living room. Perhaps in the not-so-distant future, the illusion
transmitter will be as popular as the TV is today.
Valerie Thomas worked as a mathematical
data analyst for NASA after receiving a degree
in physics. She later served as project manager for the development of
NASA’s image-processing system on Landsat, the first satellite to send
images from outer space. In addition to having worked on several other
high-profile NASA projects, Valerie Thomas continues to be an outspoken
advocate for minority rights.
Valerie Thomas received U.S. patent
#4,229,761 on October 21, 1980 for her illusion transmitter.
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